The Fashion Memo

The Essential New-Season Accessories For Your Next Vacation

Rainbow brights and tactile fabrics are key to this season’s summer styling, especially when it comes to accessories. Here’s how to ensure your vacation wardrobe is perfectly on point. By GILLIAN BRETT

Styling Connie Parkinson
Hat, Alanui; tote, Chloé; sandals, Marni

For many of us, our vacation style differs drastically from our everyday look. As we shop for upcoming getaways, we often find ourselves drawn to the free-spirited aesthetic our wanderlust desires, as we swap smart tailoring for breezy dresses, and muted colors for rainbow brights. The finer details are key here for a couple of reasons. Firstly, when we travel to tropical destinations, accessories aren’t just accents to our outfit – sleek sunglasses and pretty sun hats are beachside prerequisites. And secondly, accessories are lightweight packing essentials – pieces that can make an outfit without tipping you into excess-baggage territory. Think boldly colored, beaded bracelets that can be stacked up the wrist to enliven a classic white linen dress; bohemian handbags that add relaxed polish to denim cut-offs and a tee; and luxe sandals that will ensure you look chic from dawn to dusk.

This season, there is an artisanal feel to summer accessories, as tactile fabrics such as raffia, crochet and macramé put the spotlight onto the beauty of craftmanship. At Chloé, Gabriela Hearst added brightly colored crocheted cashmere to the maison’s cult ‘Edith’ tote. Meanwhile, Marni’s signature ‘Fussbett’ sandals come in a beach-ready raffia with a vibrant orange sole that truly is like walking on sunshine.